US missiles found in Libya compound belonged to France

France's Defense Ministry has acknowledged that U.S.-made missiles captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army belonged to the French military

PARIS -- France's Defense Ministry acknowledged Wednesday that U.S.-made missiles captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army belonged to the French military.

A statement said the missiles were originally intended to protect French anti-terrorism forces in Libya and so did not violate an arms embargo. It said they were damaged and no longer operational, and were put into storage for destruction.

France denied transferring the missiles to Hifter's forces and said the Americans had been informed.